Arman, CONSCIOUS VANDALISM, John Gibson Gallery, New York, 1975

Duration: April 519, 1975

Opening: April 5, 1975, 4 p.m.

Dimensions: 10.2 x 14.9 cm

Further Information: For his happening CONSCIOUS VANDALISM, the artist and Nouveau Réalisme representative Arman designed John Gibson Gallery in New York into an apartment, which he then destroyed with an axe in front of an audience on April 5, 1975 at 4 p.m. Throughout April 1975, films, videos and photographs of the action were on view at the gallery. Arman repeated the performance CONSCIOUS VANDALISM in 2001 at the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC) in Nice, France. The video in the box on the right documents the event.

Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents shown on this page are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

Arman


Arman repeated the performance CONSCIOUS VANDALISM in 2001 at the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC) in Nice, France. The video below documents the event:


Arman | Conscious Vandalism, 2001 from Villa Arson Nice on Vimeo.


As a strong movement in the 1960s and 1970s, the Nouveau Réalistes often had group shows together, which included texts and manifests by the curator and critic Pierre Restany. Below you can see an invitation to an exhibition of some of the representatives of this particular movement. LES NOUVEAUX RÉALISTES, A la signature par Pierre Restany, Galerie Rive Gauche, Brussels, 1968, March 21, 1968 – April 6, 1968.


Les Nouveaux Réalistes, A la signature par Pierre Restany,Galerie Rive Gauche, Brüssel, 1968 (INVITATION) © SKD
Les Nouveaux Réalistes, A la signature par Pierre Restany,Galerie Rive Gauche, Brussels, 1968 (INVITATION) © SKD